The bonus episodes of the Netflix show The Sandman appears to be attacking JK Rowling.
On Friday (August 19), two weeks after the release of the Neil Gaiman adaptation, a surprise “two-part story collection” was added to the streaming service.
The episode, which caused a stir among fans of the show, covers two story arcs from the comics “Dream of a Thousand Cats” and “Calliope”.
In the episode written by Catherine Smyth-McMullen, ex Doctor Who Actor Arthur Darvill plays author Richard Madoc.
A scene set in August 2020 takes place during Richard’s book launch, where we hear that “every big studio wants a piece of him — film, broadcast, streaming.”
One character asks, “Who’s the front runner,” to which another replies, “Whoever lets him write and direct.”
The character then references the Harry Paotter writer and says, “They don’t even let Jo Rowling write and direct,” to which the other replies, “Jo Rowling needs a new agent. Tell her to call me.”
In recent years, Rowling has made headlines for sharing her views on transgender rights.
She first faced backlash in June 2020 after calling for the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” in an article.
“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people,” she wrote, adding, “Somebody help me. whoops? wimpund? woomud?”
While there was a contingent of Twitter users supporting Rowling for her tweet, there were many – including numerous celebrities – who slammed her comment as “anti-trans” and “transphobic,” pointing out that transgender men as well as non -Be binary and gender non-conforming people can also menstruate.
On the show, the reference to Rowling’s “need” for a “new agent” came two months after she sent the tweets.
Rowling was recently embroiled in a high-profile row with author Joanne Harris after she claimed she didn’t support her when she received death threats over her views on transgender people.
Rowling’s allegations turn around chocolate the position of writer Harris as chairman of the Society of Authors union and Rowling’s controversial opinions on trans politics and came after British-Indian author Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death on stage in New York on Friday (August 12).
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